Tips for NYC renters becoming (first-time) NYC Buyers?
December 19, 2011 3:59 PM Subscribe
We're NYC renters becoming NYC first-time buyers. People who have done this, can you share things you wish you'd known/looked for? Tips specific to New York City are especially appreciated.
posted by unionsquarepark to home & garden (13 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Our lease ends in May and we've started to look for apartments. Our plan is to stay in Manhattan. It's just my wife and I at the moment but we're looking at apartments that can accommodate a nursery/office. While I feel we have a decent grasp on New York apartments in general from the 5 previous years of renting, buying is a completely new experience and I'd appreciate tips from anybody who's gone through this before. What do you wish you had known or looked for?
An example: we only recently, and accidentally, found out that poured concrete walls is a legitimate feature to ask and look for.
We do have a broker but it's no substitute for the hive mind. I've read other "tips for buying" threads but couldn't find a recent NYC-specific one.